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Sunday 24 December 2023.

MERRY CHRISTMAS GREETINGS to all visitors to this website. Saturday 23 December 2023. The West End is buzzing with locals and tourists. 6pm.... Getting out at Tottenham Court Road station is enjoyable these days , as you can browse the stunning Now Building. The Now Building, which is home to what is said to be 'the world's largest LED canvas' by pixel density, has attracted 6.25 million visitors in its first year. Outernet London has become the capital city's most-visited attraction. Helps that it is free to watch. Their live music venue which replaced The Astoria and the small club which replaced The Borderline at this building don't seem to be attracting many big names. 6.30pm....Good to see FOPP RECORDS Covent Garden was nice and busy...I still have not been to the re-opening of the HMV store in Oxford Street. then 7.30pm....CRAZY FOR YOU at The Gillian Lynne Theatre, Drury Lane , London WC2. This musical closes on 31 Dec 2023. I went to the opening press/VIP party on 04 July 2023 for it , but have not actually seen the show itself until now. The venue is pretty much 90% full. I end up with a great view in the stalls, five rows from the stage. The show was on for around 2 hours 25 mins over two sets. The show got lots of great five star reviews. ‘CRAZY FOR YOU BRINGS THE AUDIENCE TO ITS FEET. THE WHOLE EVENING IS FULL OF JOY. PURE, IRRESISTIBLE FUN!’ The biggest and most joyful musical comedy is lighting up the West End, ‘banishing the cares of the world with sublime songs and dynamic tap routines’ (Evening Standard). This large-scale production boasts 16 orchestra members and an incredible 34 strong cast, led by the ‘electrifying’ Charlie Stemp (The Times), alongside the ‘magnetic’ Carly Anderson (Broadway World) and ‘outrageously comic’ Tom Edden (Evening Standard). This show overflows with glorious Gershwin melodies, including Someone to Watch Over Me, I Got Rhythm and They Can’t Take That Away from Me. A celebration of musical theatre at its finest, ‘Susan Stroman’s choreography blows the roof off and wins standing ovations’ (Daily Mail), which ‘sends you out on a high from the joy of music and dance’ (Financial Times). With a riotously entertaining book by Ken Ludwig, this spectacular production has transferred from a sell-out season at the Chichester Festival Theatre and is now in its final week at London’s Gillian Lynne Theatre. This show was totally excellent. ---------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------- Friday 22 December 2023. Amazing news. THE ROLLING STONES claim 2023’s Official Christmas Number 1 album in the UK with ' Hackney Diamonds' . Helped by the re-issue with some live tracks. With guitarist Keith Richards having turned 80 years old this week, he and bandmates Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood see their latest album return to the summit once again. ' Hackney Diamonds' topped the Official Albums Chart upon its release in October. WHAM ' Last Christmas ' is the number one single for Christmas, for the first time at Christmas since it was released 39 years ago in 1984. The Band Aid single kept it off the top spot in 1984. ----------- BBC4 TV 9.10pm - GEORGE MICHAEL live at Earls Court Arena. George Michaels last ever shows were three nights at this venue in Oct 2012....This recording features the last two shows........I saw this show at The Royal Albert Hall and The Royal Opera House, earlier on in the tour...It was fantastic. George Michael is no longer with us, and Earls Court Arena has been bulldozed. ---------- JOE STRUMMER sadly died 21 years ago today....22 Dec 2002. ---------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------- Thursday 21 December 2023. 21 Dec 1973. It was 50 years ago that i saw my first ever gig at The Rainbow. It was glam rock legends THE SWEET in their heyday. The legendary Finsbury Park venue is now a Brazilian church.